Watch HAC Academic Director Roger Berkowitz speak with Babette Babich and Tracy Strong in a discussion on Hannah Arendt, the Margarethe von Trotta film, evil, democracy, Martin Heidegger, and politics in the 21st century.
Listen to "The Human Factor", a discussion with HAC Academic Director Roger Berkowitz, Adam Gopnik, Rivka Galchen and Adam Kirsch on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's Ideas with Paul Kennedy, on CBC Radio. Among many topics covered are the role of elites in the Holocaust, the meaning of the "banality of evil," Arendt's importance in the modern world, and the controversy over the Jewish Councils and their role in the Final Solution.
"Today, after the collapse of the imperialist experiment and in light of the totally-totalitarian menace, we have states behind which the people [Volk] no longer stands; territories that will no longer be defended against foreign conquerors by their inhabitants; and peoples [Völker] that are neither organized and protected by the state nor “enrooted” in the soil. This is the space of the desert, in which the sand storms are unleashed."
-- Hannah Arendt, Denktagebuch, pp. 216-7 (entry number 22).